Hundreds of people in the mall scattered to find cover in every nook and cranny throughout the mall – including in storage rooms and bathrooms.
There are reports of multiple people injured, though the it’s still unclear, as the scene is chaotic at this time.
SWAT teams from NJSP, Bergen and Paramaus Police are on scene in search for the gunman, who is reportedly wearing all black and wearing a motorcycle helmet.
Police are going from store to store trying to free civilians.
Images emerging from the scene show frightened shoppers running from the doors – greeted by loved ones.
There are reports of Frum resident samong those trapped as well. Hundreds could still be in the mall.
UPDATE: 11:45 PM: UPDATE: Police are searching every inch of the mall – which is reportedly over 2 million square feet. There could still be thousands of people trapped inside, officials say.
Officials are also now saying that so far only one shot has been confirmed as coming from the shooter, and there are reportedly no shooting injuries at this time.
UPDATE 5:45 AM. The shooter, identified as 20 year-old Richard Shoop, has been found dead inside the mall with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials say.